Apricot and walnut oatmeal cookies

I was given a packet of rolled oats. The first thought I have is oatmeal cookies! I also recently bought a recipe book, titled “Baking cookies & biscuits” by Catherine Atkinson, Valerie Barrett and Joanna Farrow and found “Toffee apple and oat crunchies” recipe. I could not find the website for this recipe. I got this book from Popular Bookstore Bookfest 2013, Singapore. I adapted this recipe with some changes and of course lesser sugar.

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Makes about 95 pieces.

Ingredients

227g unsalted butter (1 block of Anchor butter)
350g light brown sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 pinch of salt
500g rolled oats
100g dried apricot, coarsely chopped
100g walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line parchment paper on baking tray.

2. In a big bowl, beat butter to a little soft. Add sugar and continue to beat to creamy. Add beaten egg and mix well until thoroughly combined.

3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the mixture in #2. Mix in well.

4. Finally, add in the dried apricot and walnuts and stir gently until just combined.

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5. Using a small ice cream scoop or measuring spoon (I used 1 tablespoon), place heaps of the mixture well apart on the prepared baking tray. Lightly press the mixture to flatten it.

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6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the centre is set and begin to brown at the edges. Note: You can adjust the timing by +/- 2 minutes for a different texture, softer or little more crunchy. I prefer it a little more crunchy.

7. Remove from oven and leave to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes. Using a thin spatula, transfer the cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Note: The cookies may break or go out of shape if they are transferred immediately after it’s removed from the oven.

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Some of my family say that it’s a little sweet. For a less sweet cookie, change 350g light brown sugar to 270g light brown sugar.

Enjoy!

Christmas decoration with felt for cookie jar

I had some felts kept aside for a very long time and I thought to do something with it. While Christmas is coming, let’s do some cookie jar decoration as gifts! You can either buy some cookies or bake them yourself. As for the jar, you can use any type of jar. I bought mine from Ikea.

Here are some of the colours that I have. The few Christmas colours to have are green, red, white, and orange.

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You can use any kind of thread depending on how thick you want the outline to be. I choose the normal threads because I prefer to have thinner outlines. If you are not sure what colours to get, you can buy the sewing box which gives you a mixture of colours to use.

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Before starting on what deco to do, you can first measure and cut out a round-shape cloth as the top cover of the cookie jar. The size of the circle would depend on how much you want the cloth to cover the jar and where to tie the ribbon. If still unsure, cut a bigger round and snip it smaller when you tie it on the jar.

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I got my inspiration randomly from Google and came out with these for my 3 cookie jars. You can see that I did not sew all the borders of the mini cloth to the main cloth and use the threads as part of the decoration like the yellow lines on the Christmas tree. I think it is ok to do that if it is not for heavy usage. Otherwise, the sides will be folded or curve up after a few use.

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This is how it looks on the cookie jar. You can buy any patterned ribbon to tie it on.

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Enjoy!